Namibia’s Caprivi Strip

The day after leaving the Etosha National Park, we started driving from a small town called Tsumeb in the Oshikoto region of Namibia to the Caprivi Strip in the very northeast of the country. But first we needed to take a small detour to visit a Baobab tree in the area. And it turned out to be huge! On our further travels through Africa we have seen many more Baobabs but this one was still the most impressive one.

As we got closer and closer to the Caprivi Strip the landscape became more and more green. A lot of villages started to appear next to the road. These consisted mainly of wooden houses with metal or grass roofing. Along the road people were selling their crafts, mainly pottery and wood carvings and furniture. The colour of the wood here is very beatiful from dark red to a mellow yellow.

About halfway into the Caprivi Strip we took the turn towards Botswana and shortly after we reached our camp for the night. We stayed at the camping site of the amazing Ngepi Camp. This lodge is located at the end of a sandy bush road right on the banks of the Okavango river. This place is an attraction by itself with shower located outside and in the middle of beautiful flowers and…

…a toilet up in the air with a nice view of the surroundings (Note also the sign on the toilet: “You pilot this rocket ship entirely at your own risk”). 

In the mornin, the hippos greeted us for breakfast and we started our journey towards Botswana. Still within Namibia we crossed the Manhango Game Reserve with multiple Boabab and many hippos enjoying the cooling river in the lunchtime heat.

And it was hot indeed – so much so that the iPhone quit it’s service and took a break to cool down as well.

That day we still had to drive a while through Botswana to reach the southern end of the Okavango Delta where we stayed in a camping in Maun.